Professor of law and Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption has the leadership blasted the All Progressives Congress.
Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Prof Itse Sagay (SAN) has thrown a jab at the All Progressives Congress while supporting militaryâ€™s declaration of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as a terrorist organisation. He revealed that IPOB exhibited characteristics that justified being described as a terrorist organisation.
While speaking about the APC, the law professor described the partyâ€™s leadership as â€œa failureâ€.
He said this in an interview with The Nation. â€œAs for the leadership of the APC, I think they are the most unprincipled group of people. They are lily-livered, weak, and cannot run any organisation. The whole party is collapsing under them. They cannot control anybody.
â€œIn fact, theyâ€™re now encouraging and accepting â€˜rogue elephantsâ€™, pampering people who are destroying the party, saying â€˜letâ€™s not annoy them too muchâ€™, but theyâ€™re destroying the APC house.
â€œSo, I think the APC leadership is weak, is too compromising and is certainly a failure as far as Iâ€™m concerned.â€ He said.
Also speaking about the war against corruption, he accused some judges of â€œdeliberatelyâ€ sabotaging the crusade by obstructing justice.
His words: â€œWe are very concerned about the judiciary. Without the judiciary, we can kiss the anti-corruption war goodbye. We must have a committed judiciary, otherwise they will keep messing up any case that comes. Itâ€™s so easy to give a reason, which will appear to be reasonable, and the public will say the anti-corruption agencies have not done their homework. Itâ€™s not so.
â€œQuite a number of the judges are deliberately taking decisions which Iâ€™d say indicate their hostility to the anti-corruption war. There are judges who are hostile. There are judges who interfere when such cases are going on, using their position to ensure that government loses.
â€œGovernment is aware of all this. Itâ€™s just that some of us are not in a position to take decisions. People who should be stopped are slipping through and still being relevant when in fact they should be pushed aside into retirement where they will not interfere in the anti-corruption struggle.
â€œThere are reports on these judges, some by the Department of State Services (DSS). I feel that judges who are not committed to the eradication of corruption should be eased out of the system.â€
Sagay said he stood by his assertion that the Senate was self-centered and unsupportive of the anti-graft war.
â€œOne of the most critical Bills pending before them â€“ the Special Crimes Court Bill â€“ was yet to be passed,â€ he said.
The PACAC chairman said it was rather the Senate that owed him an apology for abusing him for speaking the truth.
â€œI didnâ€™t abuse them. I merely said theyâ€™re not committed to the Nigerian people, that theyâ€™re there for themselves alone. I provided the figures to show it. I know the worse exists.
â€œThere are certain things I didnâ€™t say. I did not even mention what the Majority Leader, Deputy Senate President and Senate President get as extras. Those extras run into hundreds of millions of naira. What I said at that lecture is a tip of the iceberg.
â€œOur aim is for the National Assembly to finally admit that theyâ€™re frittering away our national assets and preventing these funds from being used for various other vital sectors to create more employment and fix infrastructure.
â€œIf you recall, former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Lamido Sanusi said they were consuming 25 per cent of our budget. They didnâ€™t deny it. Instead, former President Jonathan forced Sanusi out.
â€œIf we look at the senatorsâ€™ allowances, we should ask ourselves questions. Should we be the ones clothing senators? Should my tax be used in hanging agbada on a senator?
â€œHow many times has government provided clothes for workers? But these men who are overpaid are still asking us to clothe them as if they arrived in Abuja naked.
â€These same people ask us to pay them hardship allowance for doing their job. What of the man who is earning N18,000 a month, who operates machinery and sweeps the streets? No one pays them hardship allowance!â€
â€œYet, people who live in tremendous luxury get paid hardship allowance running into billions. Why are Nigerians quiet about it? I donâ€™t understand it,â€ Sagay said.
On the Senateâ€™s refusal to confirm Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu, Sagay said it was the Presidentâ€™s exclusive prerogative to decide how long he remains in office.
â€œMagu can act indefinitely. The Senate does not have jurisdiction in this matter. It is the President who does because of Section 171 of the Constitution. This government is being a bit gentle, not wanting to ruffle feathers. Maybe thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re politicians and in government.
â€œIf people like me who are not politicians were there, these people (senators) would have heard a different message. Iâ€™d have rammed things through and damned them to go and do whatever they like, and letâ€™s see who would come on top.
â€œI believe that ultimately, righteousness, a good cause, a belief in principle will prevail. Weâ€™re dealing with people who are undergoing all sorts of investigations; they cannot face the righteous.â€
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